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Overview

Introduction to Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Portsmouth, New Hampshire, in Rockingham county, is 25 miles NE of Haverhill, Massachusetts and 51 miles N of Boston, Massachusetts.

Portsmouth History

Martin Pring became the first European to explore the area that is now known as Portsmouth when he visited the region in 1603. Settled in 1630, the town was originally known as Strawberry Banke because of the abundance of wild strawberries along the Piscataqua River. After its official incorporation in 1653, the current name was adopted in honor of the colony’s founder, John Mason, who was the captain of the port of Portsmouth, England.

Portsmouth and nearby Attractions

  • USS Albacore Museum & Park
  • Warner House Museum
  • Jackson House Museum
  • Tobias Lear House Museum
  • Wentworth - Gardner House Museum
  • Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse

Things To Do In Portsmouth

Portsmouth offers a wide variety of opportunities for recreation. The USS, a U.S. Navy submarine converted into a museum, is a popular local tourist spot. Music Hall hosts musical acts, theater, dance and cinema performances. Local celebrations include the Chowder Festival and the NH Film Festival.

Portsmouth Transportation

Air transportation facilities are available from Pease International Airport.

Portsmouth Higher Education

The University of New Hampshire, Northern Essex Community College, Merrimack College and the University of New England-University Campus provide facilities for higher education.

Demographics

People

Total Population21,458
Male Share of the Population51.1%
Female Share of the Population48.9%
Senior Citizens17.4%
Employed Population 16+12,775
Age of the Population41

Families

% of people married41.7%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher57.6%
Median Earnings25+$45,772
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$21,644
Median Earnings With High School Degree$28,324

Wealth

Median Family Income$98,886
% Above Poverty Level93.9%
% Below Poverty Level6.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time21 minutes
% Working from Home8.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work6.6%
% Using Public Transportation1.3%

Housing

People Living Alone39.5%
Median Gross Rent$1,158
Median House Value$361,000

Ancestry

Irish23.4%
English17.5%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)15.2%
German11.9%
Italian10.2%
French Except Basque9.7%
Canadian7.3%
Polish5.1%
Scottish4.2%
Swedish1.8%
Greek1.7%
Russian1.1%
Welsh1.1%
Norwegian1%
Portuguese0.9%
African0.8%
Dutch0.8%
Swiss0.6%
Ukrainian0.5%
Danishn0.5%
Lithuanian0.4%
Latvian0.4%
Hungarian0.4%
Arab0.4%
Austrian0.4%
Finnish0.4%
Israeli0.3%
West Indian0.2%
Jordanian0.2%
Serbian0.2%
Czech0.2%
US/American0.1%
Albanian0.1%
Haitian0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Turkish0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Basque0.1%
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Portsmouth Almanac

CategoryValue
County Rockingham County
Standard Zip Codes3801, 3805
P.O. Box Zip Codes3802, 3804
Company Zip Codes3803
Phone Area Codes603
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude43.05
Approximate Longitude-70.78

Portsmouth Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationGREENLAND
Distance5.2 miles
Jan Temp15 to 34 F
Apr Temp34 to 56 F
Jul Temp59 to 83 F
Oct Temp39 to 61 F
Annual Precip48.1 inches
StationDURHAM
Distance10.9 miles
Jan Temp13 to 33 F
Apr Temp34 to 58 F
Jul Temp58 to 83 F
Oct Temp38 to 62 F
Annual Precip42.8 inches
StationKENNEBUNKPORT
Distance24.4 miles
Jan Temp11 to 32 F
Apr Temp32 to 52 F
Jul Temp57 to 76 F
Oct Temp36 to 58 F
Annual Precip47 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Greenland3,783$104,591
New Castle935$140,236
Newington839$110,000
North Hampton4,384$107,115
Rye5,355$122,064
Stratham7,361$124,848

Portsmouth Public Libraries

Portsmouth Public Library
175 PARROTT AVENUE
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
(603) 427-1540

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Portsmouth Hospitals

Portsmouth Regional Hospital
(Proprietary)
333 Borthwick Ave
(603) 436-5110
Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital At Pease
(Proprietary)
105 Corporate Drive
(603) 893-2900

Portsmouth Public Schools

Little Harbour School
50 Clough Dr.
ZIP: 3801
(603) 436-1708
Primary
Total Enrollment 477
Mary C. Dondero Elementary School
32 Van Buren Ave.
ZIP: 3801
(603) 436-2231
Primary
Total Enrollment 303
New Franklin School
1 Franklin Dr.
ZIP: 3801
(603) 436-0910
Primary
Total Enrollment 264
Peep School - Pre School Program
100 Campus Dr., Ste. 21
ZIP: 3801
(603) 422-8228
Primary
Total Enrollment 17
Portsmouth High School
50 Andrew Jarvis Dr.
ZIP: 3801
(603) 436-7100
High
Total Enrollment 1077
Portsmouth Middle School
155 Parrott Ave.
ZIP: 3801
(603) 436-5781
Middle
Total Enrollment 536

Portsmouth Private Schools

St Patrick School
125 Austin St
ZIP: 3801
Elementary
Total Enrollment 160
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Historic Portsmouth

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Hutchings house c1907.

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Hutchings house c1907.

Mark H. Wentworth House c1907

Buckminster House c1907

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